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In strategic planning, I see my chief role as taking complexity - be it economic, institutional, informational or political - and synthesizing it into something that decision makers can rely on to take action and grow their economy.
Having traveled and worked abroad for a number of years, Michael returned to the United States to work in facilities planning and to earn his Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. After working for a property development company, he joined Camoin Associates in 2004 and now can draw on well over a decade of experience at the firm across all of our product lines. One of his specialties is financial, economic and fiscal impact analysis.
Michael has presented on various topics at conferences of the New York State Economic Development Council, Wisconsin Economic Development Association, the New Hampshire Economic Development Association, as well as at regional conferences such as those of the Northeast Economic Developers Association and American Planning Association. His work has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Forbes, and has been featured in segments of National Public Radio’s Marketplace show. He has also received the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council.
Michael loves to work on projects that help communities understand complex issues in order to give them a framework for making good decisions. To sum up his work in a single word, it would be “Synthesis” - a joining together of many factors, ideas and perspectives to provide clarity on how to move forward. Examples of this include:
Helping a community on Long Island to get comfortable with providing assistance to induce an $800 million mixed-use development under a complicated financing mechanism, all the while keeping existing taxpayers whole.
Helping disadvantaged neighborhoods in large cities understand how to speak to and work with regional developers in a new way, inducing investment and growth where none was happening before.
Completing a first-of-kind Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the North Central Region of New Jersey, population 4.5 million, to tie together the disparate urban centers into a new network of joint economic development initiatives.
Michael loves education of all types. He is thrilled his three children attend the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, whose motto is “to instill a life-long love of learning” embodied by a quote from Plutarch, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” He is fascinated by complexity and reads on a wide ranges of topics, from finance to personal development to quantum physics. He teaches and speaks at conferences whenever he gets the chance and loves to serve in the role of mentor. He has also recently been named CMO of Camoin Associates (Chief Mindfulness Officer).